Wednesday May 23, 2018
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 jet made an emergency
landing in the western Red Sea city of Jeddah, injuring 53 people, aviation
officials said on Tuesday (May 22).Footage posted online showed the plane leaving a trail of flame along
the runway as it skidded on its nose before screeching to a halt.
The Saudia aircraft was travelling from the Muslim holy city of Medina to Dhaka
with 151 people on board, but had to be diverted to Jeddah late on Monday after
it suffered a malfunction in the hydraulic system, the kingdom's Aviation
Investigation Bureau said.
"The passengers were evacuated by emergency slides. 52 of them were
slightly injured, while one female passenger suffered a fracture during the
evacuation and is now receiving treatment," AIB said in a statement.
"AIB has launched an investigation into this accident."
The aircraft circled over Jeddah for several hours as its landing gear failed
to drop, forcing the captain to make the emergency landing, Saudi media
In a similar incident in January 2014, a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767 jet
made an emergency landing in Medina, injuring 29 people, according to the